Battle of the Florists: Starring Daffodils and Jonquils

Welcome to our latest Flowers for Everyone Battle of the Florists design challenge! The star of this month’s floral design challenge are daffodils and jonquils. We love these cheery little flowers filling our stores with their beauty and fragrance at the moment (insert happy dance)!

What better way to lift the spirits during winter than a bunch of happy yellow daffodils or creamy, perfumed jonquils?

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE

Our Balgowlah and Sydney CBD stores have gone up against each other this month, with one design condition – the daffodils or jonquils must be the star of their flower arrangement.

Have your say! VOTE for your favourite design here and go into the draw to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone (valid for Sydney metro deliveries or store pick only folks!).

SYDNEY CBD ENTRY

Our Sydney CBD team have decided to go for gold and cast daffodils as the solo star of their entry. This gorgeous glass terrarium-style flower arrangement is a super stylish way to showcase a ball of bright daffodils. Tucked in a bed of green moss, these daffodils are perfectly styled for a mantlepiece or hall entrance feature. We love this design not only for its simplicity, but for the added bonus of the vase, a beautiful addition to the home long after the daffodils have faded.

Daffodils in Terrarium
Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

BALGOWLAH ENTRY

An entirely different take on the design theme, the Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah florist crew have chosen jonquils as their star. This beautiful winter flower arrangement uses poppies and freesias to offset their buttery jonquils, with a frill of nandina foliage adding extra depth and warmth. Love the white pitcher and flourish of hessian ribbon – its rustic charm is sure to win a few votes!

Jonquils and Poppies
Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FLORAL DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Winners announced 8 August 2016 after 12pm. Prize valid for use in Sydney metro only.

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PREVIOUS BATTLE WINNER

Congratulations to the Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store who won the last battle against our Rouse Hill shop with this gorgeous arrangement! Will they be able to hold onto their title this month?

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement

ON DAFFODILS AND JONQUILS…

We dug around in the blog archives and found this beauty of an article, ‘The Naughty Narcisuss”. Did you know that Narcissus flowers provide the perfume world’s most ‘naughty notes’?

“Described as sultry, rich, and earthy, its fragrance is almost a little sharp, with a ‘green’ animalic scent and traces of hyacinth and jasmine. A bit naughty smelling, the narcissus is worn by those not afraid to wear a perfume that makes a statement…”

Not everyone is familiar with the term Narcisuss. So allow us to brush you up on the lingo. The cultivated narcissus come in three different varieties:

The Daffodil: Featuring four to six flattened, grass-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing asingle flower with a long, trumpet like ‘corona’.

The Jonquil: Featuring two to four narrow, cylindrical, rush-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing two to six relatively small flowers with short ‘coronas’.

The Narcissus: Similar to daffodils, but its flattened flower stalk bears four to eight flowers with short ‘coronas’.

We hope you are more enlightened by our Narcissus trivia!

narcissus

SHOUT OUT

Big shout out to Daisy May, Stylist from Sydney based Pretty Up! who styles and photographs the flowers for our #battleoftheflorist comp! You can find her cute pics on Instagram @prettyupblog

Florist Design Challenge: Tulips

And the battle of all florist battles is on again! Vote for your favourite in our #battleoftheflorists challenge for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

Pitted against each other this week are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Rouse Hill versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a flower arrangement incorporating tulips.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: French Provincial

Rouse Hill Theme: 1950’s Retro

THE BATTLE

Rouse Hill won the second round of #battleoftheflorists against our Balgowlah store. This week they are up against past champions from our inaugural challenge, the Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone store.

Now into our third round, we have enlisted Sydney-based stylist Daisy May from Pretty Up to do a styled photo shoot of our gorgeous entries (see below pics). Vote for your favourite design to win here.

FRENCH PROVINCIAL

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement
French provincial style tulip flower arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

1950’S RETRO

1950's Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement
1950’s Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Rouse Hill

Will it be our florist team from Rouse Hill florist shop or our Market Street CBD store that will win this week’s design challenge?

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VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning #battleoftheflorists florist team and lucky prize winner will be announced Wednesday 6th July before 5pm!

About Flowers for Everyone

Rouse Hill Flowers for Everyone is located GR 5 Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Rd

Phone: 61 2 9629 9266

Email: rousehill@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Balgowlah, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999. Shop online at www.flowersforeveryone.com.au

About Pretty Up

Daisy May from Pretty Up is a brand marketer, events and product stylist, and  interior decorator who loves to “pretty up” life. Whether it be an event, interior space or a photography shoot, she is forever styling to make it more pretty.

Follow Daisy May from Pretty Up on Instagram @prettyupblog  or Facebook, or check out her inspiring blog www.prettyup.com.au.

 

Florist Design Challenge: Ornamental Kale

Welcome to the first of our Sydney inter-store Battle of the Florists!

Pitted against each other for this inaugeral floral design challenge are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a modern flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: Appropriate for an inner city industrial style apartment.

Stocklands Balgowlah Theme: Appropriate for a modern beach side home.

THE BATTLE

And here is the outcome. Vote for your favourite design to win here.

Modern Flower Arrangement
Modern flower arrangement incorporating kale by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store

BEACH THEME

Beach Themed Flowers
Beachy flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale by our Stocklands Balgowlah team.

Will it be our florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah or our Market Street CBD store that will win this first design challenge?

VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning team will be announced Monday 6th June after midday!

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About

Balgowlah Flowers for Everyone is located in Stocklands Balgowlah, Shop 29, 197 – 215 Condamine Street.

Phone: 61 2 9907 6988

Email: balgowlah@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Rouse Hill, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999.

Live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Flowers for Everyone Senior Florist Extroadinaire Jeff Smith live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Flowers for Everyone’s Senior Florist Jeff Smith is one lucky man and the envy of many of our florist crew at the moment, jetting off to London for a stint at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here is a little bit about the wonderful Jeff, his experience of the Show, and a few snaps to tantalise any flower lovers tastebuds!

Chelsea Flower Show

About Jeff Smith

Number of years working as a florist: Over 16 years

How would you describe your style?: Structured 

Is this your first time to the Chelsea Flower Show?: Yes…. it’s every florist’s dream (the biggest flower display!). 

Why did you decide to go to the Show?: I’m on a study tour with 11 students from Sydney TAFE (Jeff is a teacher there). The class got to assist Joseph Massie on his large display.

Check out the ‘before and after’ pics below:

 

What was your personal highlight/experience at the show?: Working with the amazing Joseph Massie (UK top designer). Also seeing plant material we don’t get to see in Australia. 

How many days would you recommend for visiting the show?: One day, but a full day. (Tickets are about £100 each)

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Here are some more pictorial highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy!   

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Chelsea Flower ShowChelsea Flower Show 3Win a Copy of ‘A Year in Flowers’ Book by UK stylist and florist to the royal family, Shane Connolly (RRP $80). Enter our survey now to go into the draw.

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Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Autumn Flower Style Tips

Style your home with flowers and foliage in the tones of autumn.

Embrace the change of season and start making a shift from summer brights and whites to warm, soothing colours. You don’t need a huge budget to add fresh floral touches to your living space.

TIP: Bring your vase into your local florist shop. Give them your budget and ask for advice. A good florist will know what works best with your vase and which flowers and foliage provide excellent value for maximum impact.

Flowers and Foliage, Autumn Style

Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids have already made their way into the Sydney flower market, indicating an impending change of season. They are not cheap, but are excellent value as they can last around two weeks (sometimes more) if their vase and water is kept clean and away from heaters or direct sunlight. Plus you only need one or two stems in the right vase (tall with a narrow opening) to create maximum impact.

Add a single sculptural leaf or stem of glossy green magnolia foliage with curly, tortured willow for drama and height, and voila! Guaranteed chic.

The variety of colours Cymbidium orchids come in are to die for! Pure white, chocolate, burnt orange, golden yellow, and burgundy are all perfect choices for bringing autumn indoors.

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Fall Foliage and Berries

Nandina, silver dust, magnolia, oak and maple. Autumn-winter foliage and berries are absolutely gorgeous simply arranged en-mass in a vase without anything else. Let the leaves speak for themselves!

A vase that is straight up and down, or wider at the base than the top, is perfect for displaying foliage. The smaller opening at the top helps to make the vase appear ‘full’ with only three to five stems, and the extra width at the base enables you to angle the branches at varying degrees.

Florist shops sell all types of foliage by the stem or bunch. Most varieties are wonderfully long-lasting (providing you keep the water fresh and vase clean), and are excellent value for money. Fresh foliage = Fab feng shui! Your florist can even arrange the foliage properly so all you need to do is pop it in a vase when you get home.

oak leaves in vase
Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645272799002/

 

foliage in vase design tips
Photo credit: http://providenthomedesign.com/2014/09/12/10-simple-fall-decorating-ideas/

 

magnolia foliage
Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347199452503028956/

 

autumn leaves in vase
Photo credit: http://providenthomedesign.com/2014/09/12/10-simple-fall-decorating-ideas/

Autumn Branches

Straight or wild, interesting sculptural branches are what autumn is all about. Style your home or office with autumn branches on their own or combined with fresh foliage. Particularly gorgeous if you have high ceilings to add a touch of drama!

You might want to try your hand at an ‘Ikebana-style’ floral design and place one exquisite, gnarly magnolia branch in an earthy pottery vase. Or get your hands on a quirky old alcohol bottle like the one pictured below and fill it with fabulous pussy willow.

You can purchase all kinds of interesting branches and sticks from your local florist!

pussy willow
Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477100154249068819/
magnolia in vase
Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/384565255653846877/

Apothecary medicine jars are very vogue right now too, and the brown versions (new or vintage) are perfect for adding an ‘essence of autumn’ to your home. Split an inexpensive bunch of long lasting alstroemeria lilies in a series of jars as per below pic or group together in one big jar.

apothecary jars
Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/359795457709449773/

Farewell summer, it’s been fun, but we’re ready for you autumn!

And don’t forget, creating a stylish ‘vignette’ of autumn flowers for the home can be achieved on a budget. Keep your eye out at op shops and garage sales for vases in all shapes and sizes and bee line it to your local florist for helpful style advice.

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The Floral Works of Artist Sarah Gabriel

As florists we draw inspiration for floral design from many sources, art being one of them. Australian artist Sarah Gabriel’s drawings capture the ‘energy’ and ‘spirit’ of her environment in the country, through her distinctive line work and use of pigmented inks.

Sarah’s original works on paper are created from her regionally based working studio in Lauriston, Central Victoria and are distributed to nominated galleries, both interstate and overseas. Sarah prints and hand colours limited edition drypoint etchings and opens her studio for small group workshops in drawing and printmaking.

Here is a glimpse of some of her fabulous works on paper….

Win a Sarah Gabriel-inspired floral arrangement from Flowers for Everyone!

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TO ENTER

Scroll right down to the very bottom of this article where there is a ‘Comments’ box under ‘Leave a Reply’. Type in the name of your favourite flower into the comments box and press the submit button.

Please note this prize is only for delivery in the Sydney metro. Winner will be notified and the prize draw announced on Friday 22 January 2016 via social media.

Sarah Gabriel’s gallery and shop, can be found on Piper Street in Kyneton, Victoria, just over one hour’s drive north east of Melbourne. She also runs small group workshops throughout the year from her private studio. More information about Sarah can be found here.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarcely see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake

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Win a $250 Flowers Gift Voucher

Unleash your inner florist for a chance to win a $250 flowers gift voucher to purchase and/or deliver flowers anywhere in the Sydney metro.

Simply style your own bud vase with flowers and take a pic. Then either upload via the competition link below or follow us on Instagram and upload using the hashtag #innerfloristcomp

The picture with the most amount of votes will win!

For further details on how to enter and vote go to http://bit.ly/innerflorist. Entries close 8th January 2015!

TIPS ON STYLING BUD VASES

A bud vase you say? What is a bud vase exactly? A bud vase has a small, narrow opening to fit one to three single flowers or foliage stems (or a miniature posy). The opening is usually no more than 5cm wide, thus restricting the amount of flower stems that will fit, and also enabling the single stem to be well supported.

Win a $250 flowers gift voucher just for putting a flower stem in a vase you say?

Yep, that’s correct. It may sound like a no-brainer, but the beauty of a bud vase and the thought that goes into styling it for a photo does take skill. Take a look at the work of Japanese Ikebana master Toshiro Kawase and you will see what we mean.

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana
Perfection in a single stem and a bud vase by Toshiro Kawase

The Vase is as Important as the Flowers

Get creative with your bud vase. Scout op shops and garage sales or rummage through nanna’s kitchen cupboard. Use this as the basis of your design, then select your flower stem and/or foliage from there.

Getting the Photo Just Right

You may have a lovely bud vase arrangement but your picture lets you down. Instagram offers lots of lighting/colour effects but you still need to get the background and composition just right. Take a look at these examples below – whether you opt for a plain background or a scene set up with ‘props’ to create an overall look is up to you!

bud vase

bud vase

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bud vase

bud vase

So unleash your inner florist and get arranging and instagram-ing folks! Happy creating.

From the Flowers for Everyone Team

#innerfloristcomp

http://bit.ly/innerflorist 

*Remember – the prize is valid for flowers purchased and/or delivered in the Sydney metro only and to be redeemed within 12 months. Entries and voting end 8th January. Winner announced on Facebook and Instagram on 9th January.

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Spotlight: Ikebana Master Toshiro Kawase

It’s amazing what you can discover trawling on Pinterest. Ikebana master Toshiro Kawase is one of them. Searching for beautiful pictures of ikebana floral designs, I couldn’t help but notice the name Toshiro Kawase cropping up on pins. And what stunning pins they were.

Portraits of Japan in Flowers…

Born in Kyoto in 1948, Kawase earned a degree from Nihon University College of Art. After graduating, he tripped over to Paris  to work in theatre and film, which no doubt had a major influence on his perspective and poetic style. Returning to Japan in 1974 he continued to study many forms of floral arranging, his amazing talent receiving much acclaim, and his ikebana designs being described as capturing ‘portraits of Japan in flowers’.

Toshiro Kawase ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is characterised by ‘extreme discipline and minimalism’. An intense study of a floral specimen to reveal its essential form. It is a balanced, contemplative, ‘meditative’ art.

As one website describes,

‘Go too far in stripping the details and the piece looses its vitality. Not far enough and the energy is obscured. To achieve such a delicate balance is the ultimate expression of humankind’s harmony with Nature, and the mark of a true master’. (1)

There are a multitude of Ikebana schools and styles that have emerged over centuries, yet Toshiro stands out as a modern day master of this ancient floral art form….

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Kawase’s work convey the delicate balance of body, mind and soul that is an integral basis to the art of ikebana. Elemental vases play an equally important role as the floral forms themselves in his compositions.

Described by art blogger www.designskool.net, Toshiro Kawase’s designs are;

‘They are like epiphanies, embodying all the tension and fragility of a state of grace. Small and yet hugely evocative, they are haikus in flowers. They are limitless energy barely contained in a halo of quiet. They are nature manipulated by man. Man in harmony with Nature.’ (2)

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana    Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

To some these examples of Toshiro’s work may appear simple, easy to execute. Yet their simplicity belies the eye. A lifetime of study and intense practise has gone into these floral compositions. His work is inspired. Pure art. Take a look at more of Toshiro’s work on our Pinterest board here.

Make sure to follow our blog for further stories about the art of ikebana, and all things floral and beautiful.

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References

1. http://www.gardenista.com/posts/required-reading-secrets-of-an-ikebana-master

2. http://designskool.net/toshiro-kawase/

Photo Credit

https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/ikebana-master-toshiro-kawase/